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This Diverse Choir Sang Their Way To A Golden Buzzer On 'America's Got Talent'

"You guys are all singing from the same voice."

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For the second week in a row, a choir earned the Golden Buzzer on America's Got Talent. This week, it was the Angel City Chorale, a diverse group of talented singers from Los Angeles between the ages of 19 and 88, who returned for their second performance after auditioning with a stirring rendition of Toto's "Africa."

As choir director Sue Fink explained, 145 out of the group's 160 members were present for the performance. "I wanted to start something to give back to the community," Fink explained of the choir's purpose. "We try to represent diversity. Different religions, different ages. Black, White; rich, poor; gay, straight. Even the Republicans, Democrats can sit next to each other."


The group proceeded to deliver a spirited performance of "Baba Yetu," a Grammy-winning song from the video game Civilization IV, composed by Christopher Tin, with lyrics in Swahili. The choir accompanied their singing with group choreography, and earned a standing ovation from the judges, including guest judge Olivia Munn.

"Looking around and seeing the diversity, and seeing different ages, different races, and yet you guys are all singing from the same voice," Munn said of the choir, calling them "inspirational." She was so inspired, in fact, that she chose to hit the Golden Buzzer to send them straight into the live shows.

See the Angel City Chorale's full performance below:


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